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Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineering -Degree Apprenticeship

In partnership with the University of Essex

If your business is developing the next generations’ electronic products, then the knowledge and skills of an embedded system design and development engineer is vital.  

Creating tomorrow’s STEM Professionals

As demand in the UK for high-calibre science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates reaches unprecedented levels, our new degree apprenticeship offers innovative and cost-effective ways for businesses to gain from the benefits of degree-level technical training. This programme is a government-approved degree-level apprenticeship. Embedded Electronic System Design Engineers spend their careers developing the next generation of products such as smartphones, electric vehicles, and communication satellites, bringing concepts to reality. Examples of industrial sectors that rely heavily on the skills of these engineers includes Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Instrumentation, Robotics, Telecommunications, Defence, Energy and Consumer Electronics.

Latest knowledge in your workplace

This Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer standard, proposed by the Electronic Systems Community (ESCO) is the first degree apprenticeship of its kind. Apprentices, new entrants or existing employees, are enrolled on a four year IET accredited programme with PROCAT and the University of Essex. They will experience a blend of high quality practical and academic learning alongside contextual experience in the workplace. For the individuals the outcome is an Honours in Electronics or Electrical Engineering and Degree Apprenticeship Certification and for your business, the acquisition of the latest skills and knowledge.

Highest standards for the best skills

At PROCAT we understand how important it is to train people in high quality facilities and on state-of-the-art equipment. With our partners and employers, we’ve invested £46m in the last five years to ensure our students have access to cutting edge technologies, digital capabilities and practical learning environments.

Further Cost Incentives

For apprentices enrolling before 1st April 2017, Government will pay for two-thirds of the course fees, with only a third for the employer to pay. For smaller employers enrolling post April 2017, this contribution remains the case and larger employers will be able to offset the full cost from their apprenticeship levy. (please see for more information)

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

Level 4 (HNC) Units (at PROCAT 1 year full-time):

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Analytical Methods for Engineers
  • Computer Programming Techniques
  • Data Communications and Networks
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Digital and Analogue Devices and Circuits
  • Electrical & Electronic and Digital Principles
  • Engineering Science

Level 5 (HND) Units (at PROCAT 2 year day release or block release):

  • Research Project
  • Microprocessor Interfacing and Control
  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineering
  • Combinational and Sequential Logic
  • Microprocessor Systems
  • Operational Amplifiers
  • Telecommunication Principles
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles

Level 6 Modules (at University of Essex 1 year (20 weeks) plus end exams):

  • Individual Project
  • Advanced Embedded Systems Design
  • Signal Processing
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • High Level Digital Design
  • Choice of seven modules CE315, CE316, CE320, CE321, CE324, CE334, CE336


The duration of this apprenticeship is unlikely to be less than 36 months.

Entry Requirements:

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements in terms of prior academic qualifications and experience. Typically candidates will have attained A-Level standard or equivalent, in Maths and at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics and will have English Language at GCSE (grade C or above).


The Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 6.


Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited Honours Degree in Electronics or Electrical & Electronic Engineering,

Apprentices without a Level 2 English and maths must complete this prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Professional Registration:

Completion of the Apprenticeship will be recognised by the IET and other relevant Professional Engineering Institutions.


The standard will be initially reviewed after three years to ensure it reflects employer demand for changes in the syllabus.

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Levy Calculator

Total Payroll (£):

0.5% levy charge: 75000

Less £15,000 allowance: 60000

10% top up to your Levy charge: 6000

If each apprentice costs £15,000 over 3 years (on average), this equals £5,000 per apprentice per year. With the allowance and top up value of £66,000 you would get value for money by hiring 12 apprentices.